Washington Post — by Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz and Devlin Barrett October 18 at 10:49 PM
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Oct. 18, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he “‘will not be able to discuss the content of my conversations with the president,” and cited executive privilege. (Reuters)
By Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz and Devlin Barrett October 18 at 10:49 PM Loaded in 0.48 seconds
Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly insisted Wednesday that his private talks with President Trump were off-limits to lawmakers — infuriating Democrats who for months have sought details of how the FBI director was fired amid a probe into Russia’s election interference.
During a contentious five-hour oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democratic senators peppered the nation’s top law enforcement officer with questions on former FBI director James B. Comey, Trump and the ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential race. But for the most part, Sessions declined to offer any new details about those matters.
He would not say what Trump told him before Comey’s firing, offering only that the president asked for his advice in writing. He said he has not been interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is leading the probe that is exploring, in part, whether Trump obstructed justice leading up to Comey’s removal.
Sessions lambasted the former FBI director, saying he did not believe “it’s been fully understood the significance of the error that Mr. Comey made” concerning the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But he would not say whether the president, in deciding to remove Comey, mentioned the Russia case in their discussions. He also would not say if he was aware of a draft letter detailing reasons that Comey should be removed.
At one point, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked Sessions if he could commit to not putting reporters in jail for doing their jobs, a reference to the president’s attacks against the media and the many leak investigations the Justice Department is conducting.
“I don’t know that I can make a blanket commitment to that effect, but I would say this: We have not taken any aggressive action against the media at this point,” Sessions said. He added: “We always try to find an alternative way, as you probably know, Senator Klobuchar, to directly confronting a media person, but that’s not a total blanket protection.”
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